Haryana Announces Subsidy of ₹15,000 for Installing Solar Home Systems

Haryana government recently announced that it would provide subsidy to the tune of ₹15,000 (~$214.75) to consumers for installing solar home systems under the ‘Manohar Jyoti Yojana’ which aims to promote renewable energy in the state.

The program was launched by the state government in 2017. Through this program, Haryana has set a target of installing as many as 1,00,000 solar lighting systems across the state.

The solar lighting systems are fitted with lithium battery and can run a ceiling fan and three LED lights. The system also has a mobile charging port.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has already approved a financial assistance of ₹236.5 million (~$3.39 million) for the installation of 50,000 solar lighting systems in the year 2017-18.

In a press statement issued by the government, spokesman of the state’s New and Renewable Energy Department said that the system is being made available on subsidy to consumers of the state so that they do not have to face any inconvenience related to power in their households. “It is the priority of the state government that uninterrupted power supply is ensured in each and every household of the state,” he said.

Last year, the Renewable Energy Department of Haryana had issued new guidelines for the installation of rooftop solar projects in the state. The guidelines apply to all rooftop solar projects with capacities ranging from 1 kW to 500 kW. Under the new guidelines, rooftop solar systems for residential, institutional, and social sectors are eligible for Central Financial Assistance (CFA).

In July 2018, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of the public-sector units of the Ministry of Power and the Government of India, has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Haryana state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to install 1 million smart meters across the state.